I don't know about others but it took me a good 4 yrs to accept my condition..and to try and adapt to this new way of life!
Although I had a Lot of support from my family..but its so easy to let yourself go!
I was hardly 18yrs old when an accident left me a quadriplegic for life..I felt cheated when I saw all my friends living the life tht I had envisaged...it was very tough for me...I got sucked in the vicious cycle of deppression..not eating..getting bed sores..feeling more miserable..and as a result More Depressed!! I was in a bad way!
Things changed when I went to England...got extensive physiotherapy.Looking at ppl with condiions worse than mine who were leading normal,semi-independent lives really made me come to terms with my C5/C6 condition...I accepted life in a wheelchair.
Now I am studying Law online and do have plans for the future(fingers crossed!)
hello, I am a T11/T12 SCI almost 10 years post injury. Although my injury is much lower, going from being voted most athletic my senior year of high school (playing 3 varsity sports and much more) to not being able to stand-up from a chair, or have proper bowl/bladder control I believe I can relate to your pain. 9 months is a very short amount of time, and I hope you are keeping your spirits up as best as possible! I hope you are eating your blueberries (as they are nerve regenerators) and working hard to get back anything possible! I often think now that if I had worked harder when I was first injured, I might be a little stronger and better off today. In working hard, I mean there should be a boot camp (like how the military have to go to a boot camp once joined) for those with SCI. I was going to therapy 6x a week 4x a day including regular therapy, gym, aqua, horseback riding, anything that could possibly help. I currently walk with a cane (although I should probably use 2), a limp especially on the right side, and very slowly. A few days ago I was walking into my house and I tripped and fell on my hip. When I do trip a fall, I am lucky to be able to say that there usually is someone there that picks me up before I get the chance to set in what just happened. When something like that happens I still feel like I have not come to terms with my new self. I always feel like if I do not turn into the person I was before my accident, I will spend the rest of my life trying to get better and pushing myself to the limit. I feel like I have matured beyond my years of age, in the sense of what was once important to me, is little to what I value today. This is one thing that I have come to appreciate and only can thank my injury for. I try not to drown myself in the 'what if' scenarios because that list goes on and on and the bottom line is that it is what it is and I have to work with what I got! I have met so so so many wonderful people since my accident and my life has taken a completely different direction than what it would have if it did not happen. I am very happy with many many things in my life that are the way they are because I had a SCI, and I find that pushing my self the whole time made this possible for me. Although I have emotional pain here and there from what happened to me, it is completely outweighed from the wonderful things that are in my life, which wouldn't be if it didn't happen to me. I suggest to you, that you push yourself to your limit and work as hard as possible toward something you want, and if you are unsure what you want at this point, work hard to be better and make life better for yourself and others. Time will go by quick, and before you know it you will have adjusted to what happened and be living your life day in and day out once again. If you were looking for the actual time it takes people to get over it emotionally, I would say that it is different for everyone. For me personally, I would say it took me 2-3 years to be emotionally ok with what happened to me; however with that said, I do still have good days and better days. Good luck to you! I hope my comments help!
I am also a C6/C7. I have been injured for 7 years. Everyone is different how they cope with a traumatic injury. Fortunately for me I had huge support from family and friends. Although, it was not easy by any means.
I struggled with depression once I left the hospital. I really thought quality of life as I had known was gone. One day about 6 months post injury I realized that life goes on and if I do not too it will go on without me. Live your life to fullest and be thankful for the quality of life you still have, the alternative could be a lot worse. Also, set goals and aspire to achieve them.
I have mentored newly injured patients and I always tell them two things. The two credos I live by are: never set limitations and what happens to a person is less significant than what happens within them.